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Work and Family—Allies or Enemies?What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices$
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Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffrey H. Greenhaus

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112757.001.0001

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Having a Life

Having a Life

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(p.55) 4 Having a Life
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Work and Family—Allies or Enemies?
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Stewart D. Friedman

Jeffrey H. Greenhaus

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112757.003.0004

It will come as little surprise that constant gender role stereotypes have a lot to do with the life satisfaction of people in the survey, and probably that of most readers. Most men are busy being breadwinners. They experience greater life satisfaction in their family roles to the level they spend more time at work — which is true with the common notion that a man's identity is molded largely by his work role, and that a great breadwinner is a satisfied and contented family man. However, women get family satisfaction when they play their nurturing roles at home, and when they take advantage of the emotional support that comes from social networks at work. This fits well with the common view of women.

Keywords:   breadwinner, nurturing roles, life satisfaction, work, social networks

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